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Government Ethics and Transparency Key Focus, 2019 Legislative Session

Good Government Tops 2019 Session Agenda  ..

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New Mexico First Announces Award Recipients in Bipartisan Collaboration, Journalistic Excellence, Civic Leadership and Lifetime Achievement

Spirit Awardees to be recognized at June “First Forum.”  ..

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Meeting Voters’ Expectations for Good Government

Legislation that would establish a state ethics commission is under intense scrutiny by the media and public as two legislative proposals churn through the legislative process being considered by New Mexico legislators HB 4 (Ely/Steinborn) and SB 619 (Lopez) both entitled State Ethics Commission Act. ..

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Ethics commission research update

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New Mexico First advocates stronger higher education and workforce development systems

New Mexico First’s legislative platform comes from consensus‐driven town hall deliberations. The two‐day statewide town halls are typically comprised of 200 or more people representing urban, rural and tribal communities. Participants include students, parents, educators, nonprofit and business professionals, and government officials. New Mexico First is pleased to advance high priority legislation that is based on the 2018 higher ed town hall recommendations and the 2016 economy town hall recommendations. Additionally, New Mexico First supports legislation that is based on the Ag Plan. The plan was developed as the result of the Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture project that began in 2016 to address unprecedented challenges to the health of the industry. Track legislation with us! Download our legislative priorities brief.  ..

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New Mexico overwhelmingly backs ethics commission

Multiple legislative efforts to establish an ethics commission in New Mexico have been attempted in recent years. Until this year, these efforts have failed. This week, an overwhelming majority of New Mexican voters (75%) decided to amend the constitution to create a state ethics commission. The commission will have the jurisdiction to investigate, adjudicate and issue advisory opinions concerning civil violations of laws governing ethics and standards of conduct.  ..

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Ethics, Collaboration and Healthy Elections

This week and the weeks before, many of you went to the polls and voted.  ..

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Lujan Grisham and Pearce addressed citizen questions during governor debate

KOB-TV and New Mexico First convened a series of nonpartisan citizen forums in Española, Roswell and Albuquerque to produce questions for the gubernatorial debate on October 16. The candidates came together for a televised debate to answer those questions on various topics important to New Mexicans.  Candidates addressed questions about education, water, crime, behavioral health, immigration, infrastructure safety, marijuana legalization and economic development. Click here to view all the questions developed at the town halls.
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Editorial: Voters shared concerns on crime at town hall

By Heather Balas, New Mexico First President and Executive Director  ..

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Mayoral town hall debate produces thoughtful, issue-based public safety questions


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